There are a few other blogs (NOHS, WIIM, WOAW) that are analyzing player performance and whether or now they met expectations. These are all good reads and I encourage you to read them. I particularly like the unique awards dished out by WOAW.
I kept trying to write about last season, but I couldn’t create a clean and coherent article. Part of the reason was that I just got this gig a few weeks ago and before that I wasn’t too overly concerned with the minutia of every minute of every game.
The article that kept rattling around in the back of my head calling out “write me! write me!” was one about free agency. Who’s contract is up? What’s the salary cap look like? Who can we sign? So here it is, I’m going to pretend I’m Ken Holland and make a few roster changes.
This is going to be a series of articles so keep checking back for updates. Also, feel free to use the comments section to express your agreement or to call me a jack ass.
Here is the current roster picture as best as I could assemble…
|8||Justin Abdelkader||LW||22||710 K||Restricted free agent|
|11||Daniel Cleary||LW||30||3.0 M||Signed until 2013|
|13||Pavel Datsyuk||C||30||6.7 M||Signed until 2014|
|17||Patrick Eaves||RW||25||500 K||Restricted free agent|
|18||Kirk Maltby||LW||36||750 K||Unrestricted free agent|
|20||Drew Miller||LW||25||525 K||Restricted free agent|
|24||Brad May||LW||37||500 K||Unrestricted free agent|
|26||Juri Hudler||C||25||3.0 M||Signed until 2012|
|29||Jason Williams||C||28||1.5 M||Unrestricted free agent|
|33||Kris Draper||C||38||1.25 M||Signed until 2011|
|40||Henrik Zetterberg||LW||28||7.75 M||Signed until 2021|
|42||Mattias Ritola||C||22||535 K||Restricted free agent|
|43||Darren Helm||C||22||500 K||Restricted free agent|
|44||Todd Bertuzzi||RW||34||1.5 M||Unrestricted free agent|
|48||Cory Emmerton||C||21||500 K||Signed until 2011|
|51||Valtteri Filppula||C||25||3.5 M||Signed until 2013|
|93||Johan Franzen||C||29||5.0 M||Signed until 2020|
|96||Tomas Holmstrom||LW||36||2.25 M||Unrestricted free agent|
|3||Andreas Lilja||D||33||1.25 M||Unrestricted free agent|
|5||Nicklas Lidstrom||D||39||7.45 M||Unrestricted free agent|
|14||Derek Meech||D||25||500 K||Restricted free agent|
|22||Brett Lebda||D||27||850 K||Unrestricted free agent|
|23||Brad Stuart||D||29||3.75 M||Signed until 2013|
|28||Brian Rafalski||D||35||6.0 M||Signed until 2013|
|37||Doug Janik||D||29||500 K||Unrestricted free agent|
|46||Jakub Kindl||D||22||765 K||Restricted free agent|
|52||Jonathan Ericsson||D||25||1.25 M||Signed until 2012|
|55||Niklas Kronwall||D||28||3.50 M||Signed until 2013|
Here are the totals:
Forwards: 39.970 Million
Defense: 25.815 Milion
Goal: 1.90 Million
That’s a grand total of $67.685 million. There is a bit of magic that is performed to get the salary cap within limits. The actual salary cap hit is taken by multiplying the player’s salary by the percentage of the season they were actually on the payroll.
Hudler’s salary is on the books at 3.0M, but he played 0% so no salary cap hit.
Leino’s salary this past season was 825k and he played about 2/3 of the season so his salary cap hit was in the neighborhood of 544K and the Flyers took the other 280k.
Now that I’ve laid the groundwork, I’m going to start off talking about the unrestricted free agents and then restricted free agents. I’m going to wrap up discussing who is available from other teams and after I make my cuts who I think we should try to acquire.
Next up: Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Bertuzzi, and Maltby
Topics: Andreas Lilja, Brad May, Brad Stuart, Brett Lebda, Brian Rafalski, Cory Emmerton, Daniel Cleary, Darren Helm, Derek Meech, Doug Janik, Drew Miller, Henrik Zetterberg, Jakub Kindl, Jason Williams, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson, Juri Hudler, Justin Abdelkader, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Mattias Ritola, Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Patrick Eaves, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Tomas Holmstrom, Valtteri Filppula